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2021 Rosé of Grenache
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When the days get longer and the mercury begins to rise, rosé comes to mind. We get it. After a long cold winter and a spring filled with graduations and weddings, many of us just want to relax on the porch and savor a summer evening with a glass of rosé that matches the sunset. Not all wine needs to be brooding and serious or demanding of your attention. Like a good summer read, rosé this time of year is satisfying, fun and not too complex when it comes to plot. It's something that you can sip on the beach where distractions won't sidetrack you from the story too much. We like to sip it right in the garden while sampling freshly picked berries, cherry tomatoes and basil. Our 2021 Rosé of Grenache comes from grapes grown on the Mattern ranch that sits on the rich soils of the northern Russian River just south of Talmage.

Alfredo, doing the hard work of cleaning the winery crush pad.
As with cooking, cleanup is half of the work of winemaking. We start cleaning after all the grapes have been destemmed and pressed for the day. [above] A destemmer is on the left, a press is on the right—with a portable hot water generator tucked in below—and in the background an air-powered pump and a bucket of water accompany Alfredo, who is doing the hard work of cleaning.
A glass of rosé is a perfect match for a Pennyroyal Farm cheese plate. [below]
A glass of rosé is a perfect match for a Pennyroyal Farm cheese plate.

Ancient mature vines that have been producing for half a century struggled to make modest sugar in 2021—perhaps not enough for red wine, but perfect for a summer rosé. With just an hour of skin contact time to build mouthfeel without bitterness, the wine was cool-fermented in stainless steel then aged four months sur lie in seasoned French oak barrels to add aromatic complexity and length. Bone dry, the flavors bring to mind watermelon, guava and strawberry with hints of fresh thyme. Gold Medal winner. Bottled Valentine's Day 2022.

Harvested: September.11, 2021 Sugars at harvest: 23.5° Brix
Bottled: February 14, 2022 Cases produced: 587
Alcohol: 13.0% Titratable acidity: 7.4 g/L
pH: 3.24

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